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" THE PRINCE'S RING.
$ ly H. M. -Egbert.
The smash of breaking crock
ery stopped the hum of conversa
tion in Louis' restaurant in Wash
ington. Louis himself, bland,
suave and deferential, who had
been scraping before two men
who sat at a table a little apart
front the other diners, recogniz
ing in them attaches of a certain
foreign embassy, started up with
"It's that fool Gunther," I
heard him mutter. "The third
time he breaks, my plates within
one week. Gentlemen eggscuse
, ( I shall discharge him."
1 did not feel particularly jovial
as I picked myself up. Tt is with
difficulty that one preserves his
djgnity when one "has mashed po
tatoes over his shirt front and
gravy stains upon his dress coat.
Besides, I always doubted my
ability to master the waiter's art.
Nevertheless, I came forward to
"face the music," as you Ameri
"So," cried Louis, irately, "you
haf not even manners to look
sheepish.? You are discharged. I
pay you tomorrow. Go."
Smiling at the angry little man,
I began to clean myself with a
napkin, and had already credit
ably restored the immaculateness
of my appearance when I saw one
of the attaches, who had been
glancing at me in a significant
manner, engage Louis in a short
colloquy. Presently Louis came
up to me.
"This gentleman is sorry for
you," he said, half mollified. "He
thinks perhaps you are a country
man of his. He say, maybe if you
haf not the making of a good
waiter, perhaps he will give you a
I had learned not to despise the
promise of a job. Absurd little
word how significant its threeij
letters had become to me in those
days of tribulatidn. I went over
to the attaches and stood beside
them, awaiting their pleasure.
The two men looked me over with
obvious satisfaction. I could see
that they recognized me to be a
gentleman. Beckoning to me to
follow, they paid their scores and
left. We boarded a street car and
got out before a small resort, half
club, half wine shop, on Pennsyl
vania avenue. We entered and sat
down at a table in a deserted
"You look live a South Ger
man," said the attache, turning
upon me abrutly. "What is your
"I was born in Hesse-Libau," I
My companions could not re
strain their satisfaction and sur
prise. "It is a miracle," observed the
"He might be the man himself,"
said the second of them.
"Will you tell him then?" de
manded his companion.
They whispered together for a
few moments. Then the elder
turned to me with an air of en
"You look like a gentleman,"
he said, "and I believe that you
can be trusted. "Do you feel in-
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